Project Completed–See One Classroom’s Transformation

I did it! I was able to transform the dingy, dilapidated, classroom that I had to move to


moving new

into something full of color and life.

To see the transformation and gain some organizing and decorating tips read on.


Coat Area and Entrance Before

corner damage          bookcase back 2

Coat Area and Entrance After


cubby finished


See how it was done at post Creative Cubbies–Improving the Look of Old Furniture.


Front Door Before

door back before

Front Door After




Library/Reading Corner Before

reading center

Library/Reading Corner After


See how it was done at Bringing Life into our Library.


Ripped Walls Before

wall damage

Ripped Walls After



Lack of Storage Before


Efficient Storage After


See how it was done at “Helloooo, Anybody In There?”—Storage Solutions.


Damaged Cabinet Trim and Dirty Wall that has 1″ deep molding down the middle



door area before

Same Area After





See what was done to set up the space at Add a Dash of Color.


Learn how to make this bulletin board from blog post Adding Style–Creating a Custom Bulletin Board.


Broken Drawers That Wouldn’t Open Before

broken drawers


Area After


See how to make a curtain cover at Hiding Disasters—How to Make a Curtain Cover.


Broken sink that leaks water over the edge of the counter when used


See how the problem was solved by reading Countertop Waterfalls—How to Deal With Sinks That Spillover.


Even the windows needed help.


They had spider webs, caked on mud, and other dead creatures on them.

See how these got cleaned up at Window Washer—Getting the Crud Out of Your Windowsill.


Remember make use of all of the areas in your classroom. Try adding some color up above.

hanging lanterns done

See how this was put together at postings Tissue Paper Flowers and Hung Up On Color—Paper Lanterns Add Style.


Look at the transformation this storage closet had to go through.

cabinet disaster

See what was left after hours of scraping.


Luckily in the end after using a heat gun and three types of cleaners the doors were exchanged for clean ones.  The tip in this situation is NEVER permanently attach anything because one day someone else will have to clean up your mess.


It was a long summer process to go from this

moving new

to this


but I am satisfied with the final product and I can’t wait to share it with my students. Enjoy the school year!


If you would like more organizing tips check out our book The Uncluttered Teacher.


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